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We Are a Group of Passionate Humanists
The South African Secular Society (SASS) is a community that strives to develop and promote the following social and religious aspects of local communities.
We advance secular viewpoints and support sceptical and non-religious communities.
We collaborate with other organisations in pursuit of common goals.
Encouraging a friendly and active atheist/non-believing/sceptical culture is our goal.
We aim to provide opportunities for socialising and secular education.
We uphold and defend the principle of state-church separation.
We oppose and defend discrimination against the non-religious.
Although being secular does not necessarily mean to be a non-religious or an atheist, our community was founded by a group of non-religious people in South Africa who often identify as atheists, sceptics, agnostics, secularists, non-theists and humanists, among other terms.
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What Does it Mean to be a Secularist?
To be a secularist means to oppose religion-based discrimination, which – put another way – means others are disadvantaged or discriminated against because of what they believe in.
We are particularly concerned about education. We think that religion in schools damages the prospects of a harmonious and diverse society.
Secularists are not against the right of individuals to have a religious faith. What we oppose is special treatment for religious beliefs and organisations.
Promote a society in which there is no advantage in law for any individual or group or person by their religion or belief or lack thereof.
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Vision & Mission of SASS
The South African Secular Society was initiated by a group of atheists/sceptics in the Gauteng area. We are still in the baby phase with this organisation, but we have come thus far to have at least three main goals for the organisation:
To be a support/social group for atheists/secularists in our local community
To provide education for our members and the general public about what it means to be an atheist/secularist
To start a charity initiative to which we will contribute our physical time and effort (as opposed to just giving money to other charities)
Our main goals within the South African community:
As non-believers, some of us (at least those of us new to non-belief) often don’t know many like-minded people. Social events are a large part of SASS and are what brought the first lot of us together. We hold monthly meetings in the Gauteng area (see the events calendar) in the form of a house braai or picnic in the park. Meetings are also published on Meetup.com – Johannesburg Atheism Meetup.
Positive Representation of South African Non-Believers:
Secularism/non-belief/Atheism is still very much stigmatised in our country. We would like to show South Africa, firstly, that we exist, and secondly that your everyday non-believer is just like every other human. Or if you like, you could argue that we are more moral, caring, better people when compared to the religious.
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More About the Secular Charter
There is one law for all, and its application is not hindered or replaced by religious codes or processes.
ADVANTAGE / DISADVANTAGE
Individuals are neither disadvantaged nor discriminated against because of their religion or belief or lack thereof.
There is no privileged position in society or advantage in law for any individual or group by their religion or belief or lack thereof.
Public and publicly-funded service provision does not discriminate on the grounds of religion or belief.
The government does not intervene in the setting of religious doctrine or the running of faith-based organisations.
Religion plays no role in state-funded education, whether through religious affiliation, organised worship, religious instruction, pupil selection or employment discrimination
PROMOTION / FUNDING
The government does not engage in, express, fund or promote religious activities, beliefs or practices.
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